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Portola Valley plans affordable housing project

Original post made on Jun 25, 2012

The town of Portola Valley is negotiating to buy the 1.68-acre site of the former Al's Nursery at 900 Portola Road and build a group of homes affordable to people of moderate incomes, Mayor Maryann Derwin has announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:35 AM

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Posted by john
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Great idea PV town Gov't. Hope that the project can be completed successfully, fulfilling a State of Ca goal.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Affordable housing, but you need at least $85K annual income?! That should keep the riff-raff out. How about truly affordable senior housing, 65+, such as a classy, low density, pre-fabricated homes community? There would be no school expansion needed, no multiple car garages, and minimal increase in traffic. Instead of home owners buying the land, there could be a reasonable rental fee for each property area, providing a steady income stream for the town.

Seniors are a plus to a community and there is virtually no crime to worry about. Such communities can and do vet new owners and may have rules that allow them to remove objectionable residents.

$85K is hardly low-income; in fact it makes a mockery out of the salaries of hard-working people like social workers.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

According to this site: Web Link

average social worker salaries are $70k anually. Hardly that far of the mark.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

The median salary for social workers in our area is $57,659. Not exactly enough to live on in Portola Valley area. A few workers may earn more while other may earn as little as $45k. There are many other local occupations that don't pay close to that, but we don't want that trash here, right?
By all means let's nit-pick on what is a livable salary in this area. How many Portola Valley area residents get by on even $85K?

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm


I have to ask, so what? So social workers can't afford to live in Portola Valley? They can't afford to live in Woodside and Atherton either. So what? We all make choices in life understanding that those choices have concequences. One of which is that if we don't choose a profession that makes a lot of money we don't get to live in places that cost a lot to live in. I'd love to live in Atherton or Woodside or Portola Valley. I don't make enough money. Boo hoo. It's because of what I chose to do with my life and my profession. I have no expectations that someone provide me with something I can afford in any of those towns. This "affordable housing" is socialism, pure and simple.

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